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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM for $740
Amazon has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM for $740.59

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

There are currently only 8 left in stock at this price.
  • 24-105mm standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • 1 Super UD glass element and 3 aspherical lenses minimize chromatic aberration and distortion
  • Ring-type USM system delivers silent but quick autofocus (AF); full-time manual focus
  • Image Stabilizer technology steadies camera shake at up to 3 stops; weighs 23.6 ounces
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant; measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long; 1-year warranty




Jun 26, 2013 at 03:28 PM
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$777 now


Jun 26, 2013 at 05:08 PM
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I paid much more than that when they first came out. Very good lens. A real workhouse. Excellent compliment to older cameras like the 5Dc, 40D, original 1Ds and 1Ds II.
- Steve



Jun 26, 2013 at 06:02 PM
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I think I had to paid $1200 in 2006 but there was a $100 mail in rebate.


Jun 26, 2013 at 07:41 PM
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Makes the 24-70 f4 really worth it huh...not. Great price.


Jun 26, 2013 at 08:44 PM
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756.88 now. Price is bouncing around a bit.


Jun 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM
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Sunset Electronics??


Jun 26, 2013 at 09:22 PM
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Wow, that's a great price and shows us how ridiculously overpriced the 24-70 IS is at the moment by at least a factor of 2.


Jun 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
Wow, that's a great price and shows us how ridiculously overpriced the 24-70 IS is at the moment by at least a factor of 2.


Yup. The 24-105L is worth all of the $500 Canon charges for it in a kit; $700 is the convenience fee for not having gotten it in the kit (crop users should probably be using the 17-55/2.8 with a tele-zoom instead).

So really, the 24-70/4 loses value for the shorter range, is roughly equal on image quality where it wins some and loses some, gains some value for newer IS, and gains some value for it's macro function. Basically it's a wash, which means that it should be within $100 of the 24-105L for being slightly newer. So no more than $600 for the kit increase and $799.99 at retail? And I'm being realistic.



Jun 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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johnctharp wrote:
Yup. The 24-105L is worth all of the $500 Canon charges for it in a kit; $700 is the convenience fee for not having gotten it in the kit (crop users should probably be using the 17-55/2.8 with a tele-zoom instead).

So really, the 24-70/4 loses value for the shorter range, is roughly equal on image quality where it wins some and loses some, gains some value for newer IS, and gains some value for it's macro function. Basically it's a wash, which means that it should be within $100 of the 24-105L for being slightly newer. So no more than
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Well I don't rate the useless macro mode as worth a dime, seeing how ridiculously small the working distance is to achieve 0.7:1, and while it may have newer IS, doesn't mean it should be any dearer,, so we have a lens with significantly shorter FL range, which means much smaller front element, where a lot of the cost goes, and yet is selling normally for $1449 or so. I'd say $699 retail, and $799-849 for the 24-105L would be closer to the money.



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I bought the kit a few months ago from bhphoto for $2,199 (6D). I got a little over $800 for the 24-105 unused. This price almost makes want to grab it, but I have no use for f/4 as an available light shooter. But I am glad I sold when I did.


Jun 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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hmmm, wonder if this means the last of the 24-105's have rolled off the assembly line......


Jun 26, 2013 at 11:48 PM
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seanj wrote:
I bought the kit a few months ago from bhphoto for $2,199 (6D). I got a little over $800 for the 24-105 unused. This price almost makes want to grab it, but I have no use for f/4 as an available light shooter. But I am glad I sold when I did.


I don't use it much either; I like primes. But I can't mount my 15-85mm to the 6D, so I'm keeping it, it's just too damn good for the $500 I paid for it. As stated above, there really isn't a good alternative; I'd grab Tamron's 24-70/2.8 VC before anything else, and it's well over twice what I paid for Canon's kit lens.



Jun 27, 2013 at 12:11 AM
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johnctharp wrote:
I don't use it much either; I like primes. But I can't mount my 15-85mm to the 6D, so I'm keeping it, it's just too damn good for the $500 I paid for it. As stated above, there really isn't a good alternative; I'd grab Tamron's 24-70/2.8 VC before anything else, and it's well over twice what I paid for Canon's kit lens.


I'd get the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM over the Canon 24-70 f/4 for half the price.



Jun 27, 2013 at 12:13 AM
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timbop wrote:
hmmm, wonder if this means the last of the 24-105's have rolled off the assembly line......


Amazon sudden price dips are pretty common. Amazon proper dropped the Tascam DR-100 MKII audio recorder to $229 for one day. Within a few hours all the venders matched or beat the price. And then it went back to $330 to $340 and sat at that price for a long time.



Jun 27, 2013 at 12:30 AM
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I bought mine at 1199 for a 2nd hand lens and has never been happier till 135L arrived


Jun 27, 2013 at 01:23 AM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
I'd get the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM over the Canon 24-70 f/4 for half the price.


"Distortion with decentering"

That's the label of the first chart on Photozone.de's review for the Sigma 24-70/2.8 on a Canon 5D II. I understand your love for some Sigma lenses, and you do have more experience with them than I do, but you can see why I'm apprehensive.



Jun 27, 2013 at 06:16 AM
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johnctharp wrote:
"Distortion with decentering"

That's the label of the first chart on Photozone.de's review for the Sigma 24-70/2.8 on a Canon 5D II. I understand your love for some Sigma lenses, and you do have more experience with them than I do, but you can see why I'm apprehensive.


So you mean they had a dud copy and didn't bother trying a different version. My 24-105L was decentred should I be apprehensive about Canon. You could try before you buy as well and see how it performs for yourself if you are that worried.

I dislike how Canon fans have selective memory loss about issues Canon lenses have, and quickly jump on an Sigma issues.



Jun 27, 2013 at 06:23 AM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
I dislike how Canon fans have selective memory loss about issues Canon lenses have, and quickly jump on an Sigma issues.


That's the information that's out there; that's what Sigma has to overcome. Nearly every Sigma review I come across can be summarized 'oh it's almost as nice as the Canon and really nice overall except for giant annoying flaw.' This gets reinforced by user reviews and forum posts, and there you have it.

I've said in other places that I'm not against using Sigma glass; hell, I'm patient enough to get a good copy, and I'm not a working pro, so I could probably expect a good copy to last.

But I feel much, much better about getting a good first Canon copy than I am about getting a first good Sigma copy. Subjectively, if Canon were a 9/10, Sigma feels like a 5/10, where Tamron is a solid 7/10 pushing for 8/10 for chance of getting a good lens.

Now I say that, so I should disclose that my first alt lens was a Bower (nee Samyang) 14/2.8. That scared the hell out me; even though it is solidly built, oh the stories, including the largest camera store in Dallas refusing to stock Samyang anymore claiming that none of them were sharp in the center. I'm pretty sure my copy would prove them wrong.



Jun 27, 2013 at 08:10 AM
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JohnBrose wrote:
Makes the 24-70 f4 really worth it huh...not. Great price.


Yes, that 24-70mm f/4 is an odd beast, especially placed against the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 24-105 f/4 IS.

A 24-105mm f/4 L IS at the price mentioned in this thread is a really good value. I've used that lens since a very short time after it was released and it has been an excellent performer for me. No lens is perfect, but this one is very good and the most flexible Canon option in more or less this range.

Among the three current Canon 24-[something else] L zooms, we have an interesting set of features, each with its pluses and minuses. I wrote something about this at my blog - in case you want to read a bit more about it: 24-70mm f/2.8 L II vs. 24-70mm f/4L IS vs. 24-105mm f/4 L IS. Some pluses/minuses of each include:

24-70mm f/2.8 L II - This lens is optically excellent, of course, and provides the largest maximum aperture at f/2.8. Its focal length range is not that large and there are those who feel constrained by the 70mm long end, which falls short of "portrait" focal length. It is the largest and heaviest of the group and lacks IS, and it uses the (somewhat) unusual 82mm filter thread diameter. It is very costly.

24-105mm f/4 L IS - The lens provides very good image quality, though with some issues that buyers would want to know about. The 105mm maximum focal length provides more utility than the 70mm maximum alternatives. Image stabilization let's one shoot in lower light when camera stability is the issue. The lens produces noticeable vignetting at largest apertures, especially at 24mm, and barrel distortion at the shortest focal lengths - though these things are easily correctible in post. Cost is lower and it is often part of kits.

24-70mm f/4 L IS - The lens provides very good image quality. While it might seem like a handicapped 24-105 when considered from some perspectives, it does provide a useful close focusing capability and is the smallest and lightest of the bunch, and it provides a less expensive alternative for covering the 24-70mm range at a lower cost, though many will think that it does not compete with the 24-105 as well as it might on the basis of cost alone.

The good news is that all three of these are quite good lenses, and you could choose any one of them that seems the most appropriate and it can produce excellent quality photographs.

Dan



Jun 27, 2013 at 01:56 PM
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